Five best cafes

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Tincat

The Graham family runs a comfy, friendly, art-filled cafe with retro tables and chairs and delicious Mahalia Coffee from Robe. The shady garden is popular for lunch and weekend brunches, and dinner is always a treat. The menu is impressive: special dinners and degustations are a highlight.

107 Rundle Street, Kent Town, (08) 8362 4748.

Zedz

There are lots of cafes in and around the market. In one calm corner, Zedz never rests on a menu, with lots of specials that show what's good in the market that day. Brilliant soups, fruit-laden treats, and excellent breakfasts, such as porridge with maple syrup and roasted apples.

Stall 2, Adelaide Central Market, Grote Street, (08) 8212 2191.

The Adelaide Coffee Bar

Housed in one of the city's sweetest buildings, this coffee bar is always friendly, swift and good. There's a hello for everyone who walks in, a good range of Italian-style snacks, no clutter and the coffee is consistently excellent.

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73 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, (08) 8227 2001.

The Cooks Pantry

Does a suburb get the cafes it deserves? Lucky Grange residents! James Bodroghy has taken 15 years of working as a chef and translated it into a perfect cafe that also sells Paris Creek dairy products, organic fruit and vegetables and his own preserves, pickles and dressings. And, much to the delight of his fans, he runs excellent cooking classes in the open kitchen.

6 Jetty Street, Grange, (08) 8353 3626.

Swedish Tarts

Some people just can't make it past the gorgeous Swedish cakes and pastries but the menu always has good savoury dishes, too. Breakfast is a local institution, the coffee good (by the bowl, in Swedish style) and the beach is nearby for a stroll.

40 Semaphore Road, Semaphore, (08) 7225 0205.

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